VANCOUVER ISLAND ANZAC DAY
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and Tonga, and previously was a national holiday in Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
VANCOUVER ISLAND ANZAC DAY was created in 2013 as one of the many days of Remembrance that HAMM and TAP hosts or participates in each year. Offering Island residents of Anzac background or Australian and New Zealand heritage a way to continue to honour the Anzac here on the island has been the goal of HAMM to keep this tradition continuing in association with 19 Wing Comox.
Admission is free with required registered ticket HERE
THIS IS AN EMAIL REQUEST.
We need the following information in your email:
1. the full names of all persons in your group
(photo ID may be required at the Base gate).
Children should also be listed but will not require ID.
2. address for each adult attending
3. phone number where you can be reached.
You will receive an email response from HAMM
which you can then print and use as your "ticket"
As an extra bonus we want to mention that (weather permitting) at Airforce Beach at 0950 (9:50 am) the public can see a full Snowbird practice which will end at 10:50 am. This will give the public enough time to then grab a nibble and head over to Quadra or walk Goose Spit prior to the event. The CF18 is scheduled to be going through its practice over the water at Goose Spit in the hour before the Anzac Day event begins.
Weather permitting the Snowbirds are scheduled to begin the ceremony with a memorial flyby, the ceremony will end with a memorial flyby of the CF18.
FOR COMPLETE DIRECTIONS TO AIRFORCE BEACH AND HMCS QUADRA CONTACT HAMM
SPECIAL FEATURE OF THIS YEAR'S VIAD:
This will be the final day that the Hedger Medal will be shown in Canada. Directly after the ceremony it will be flown to New Zealand where it will be repatriated and presented to the descendants of the Anzac soldier, William F. Hedger in a special ceremony to be held 24 April at the Canadian High Commission in Wellington.
UPDATE: VISIT THIS PAGE TO READ OF THE CEREMONY IN NEW ZEALAND
Mark your calendar for the 2019 VIAD!
We plan on gathering on April 27 at the usual time.
See you then!